Nikki Haley will be on my team in some form if I win, says Trump

Donald Trump shakes hands with Nikki Haley in the Oval office
Donald Trump said after a rally in New York that the pair have 'a lot of the same ideas' - OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP

Donald Trump has said Nikki Haley would be given a role in his administration “in some form” after his former rival said she would vote for him in November’s US election.

Speaking after a rally in New York on Thursday, the Republican nominee suggested he would give Ms Haley a job if he were to win a second term in the White House.

“I think she’s going to be on our team because we have a lot of the same ideas, the same thoughts,” he said.

“We had a nasty campaign, it was pretty nasty. But she’s a very capable person, and I’m sure she’s going to be on our team in some form, absolutely.”

On Wednesday, Ms Haley gave her first speech since suspending her Republican primary campaign in March.

She told the Hudson Institute, a think tank where she has since become a fellow, that she would vote for Mr Trump.

“I will be voting for Trump,” she said, adding that the GOP nominee was “not perfect” but better than the “absolute catastrophe” of a second term for Joe Biden.

As she dropped out of the race in March, the former South Carolina governor said that she hoped Mr Trump would reach out to her supporters, after a bitter campaign in which she described him as “unhinged” and “not fit” to be president.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it, who did not support him,” she said.

Haley has repeated her call for the Republican Party to unite. “I stand by what I said in my suspension speech,” she said.

Ms Haley previously served in Mr Trump’s first administration, as the US ambassador to the UN.

Mr Biden’s campaign has attempted to reach out to her supporters after the Republican primary, in which she won the state of Vermont and a poll of members in Washington DC.

Ms Haley, who is considered a more moderate Republican than Mr Trump, is rumoured to be preparing a second presidential campaign in the 2028 election.